Last week, Candice Fox’s fourth novel, Crimson Lake, was published and the week before the novel she wrote with James Patterson, Never Never, went straight into the New York Times bestseller list in top spot.
Author Candice Fox in her Sydney home. Photo: Janie Barrett
When her mother found an old laptop in a pile of a rubbish, it was a godsend for Candice Fox. It meant that no longer would her brothers find what she had written on the family computer and mock her by reading it out loud. It meant that when she got back from school she could sit down to write – she would run home with that purpose – and know that she could do
When New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo, who has taken on Finkel’s identity, his investigation morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. True Story weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, deceit, and redemption, following Finkel’s relentless pursuit of the shocking truth.
In February 2002, New York Times Magazine writer Michael Finkel received a startling piece of news: a young man named Christian Longo, wanted for killing his entire family, had been captured in Mexico, where he’d taken on a new identity: Michael Finkel of the New York Times.
The next day, on page A-3 of the Times, came another troubling item: a note from the editors explaining that Finkel, having falsified parts of an investigative article, had been fired. Nonetheless, the only journalist Longo would speak with was the real Michael Finkel, and so Finkel placed a call to Oregon’s Lincoln County jail, intent on getting the true story. So began a bizarre and intense relationship, ending up as a reporting job that eventually morphed into a shrewd game of cat-and-mouse. Part mystery, part memoir, part mea culpa, True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa weaves a spellbinding tale of murder, love, and deceit with a deeply personal inquiry into the slippery nature of truth.
True Story was made into a movie starring Jonah Hill & James Franco.